Tuesday, November 01, 2016

LOVE


God not only loved us beyond comprehension by sending His Son to die for
 our sins but He loves us at present and will continue to love us for all eternity.
 
We could never go up to anyone else and say," On a scale of one to ten
God loves me a nine." The other person could never respond back to us 
and say, "Well in my case God loves me an eight.
 
There are different mercy levels God has for us depending on how
 bad we are hurting mentally, emotionally or physically as opposed 
to another person that is just coasting through life without any problems 
but the level of love God has for us can never be measured.
 
This love is not limited to His children but also to unbelievers. 
This is not even including love He has for all of His created beings.
 
I hear this every once in a while but some people believe God does not 
love a reprobate sinner that goes straight to hell for all eternity.
 
This is not true. Nothing can change the fact that God will always love 
even the very worst sinner that is eternally separated from Him.
 
On the one hand His children will be learning about the love of God 
for all eternity but on the other hand God will never stop loving even 
the worst sinner in the other place. Their punishment will be measured
 exactly but sad to say he or she will not be learning about the love of 
God. Only hatred and fear will be present in this horrible place.
 
People have a choice. They will either accept the love of God through
 His Son Jesus Christ or reject it but this theology that God will force 
certain people to love Him is false.
 
We have a will and God will honor that because this is the best way to 
make a connection with God. The Bible says, "Let him who does not
 love God be anathema." 1st Corinthians 16:22. This is why our focus 
in our relationship with Jesus Christ should be love.
 
Most people are infants in regards to what true love for God and people 
are but this is part of our learning process on earth." And now abideth 
faith, hope, charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity." 
1st Corinthians 13:13.
 
One person once suggested that one of the reasons for this is because 
in heaven we won't need faith and hope but love will still be active
 everywhere we go in one form or another.
 
There is a warmth about love that stands out so different in life that other
 people can not help but notice because it is so rare in this world.
 
Our society has defined political correctness as love but that falls so
 short that it turns into fear which is just the opposite of love. We need
 to let God define love as opposed to the world because they always 
have a hidden agenda that is selfish.
 
We need to start with the origin of love to understand and practice this
 powerful emotion in expression back to Jesus Christ and other people.
 
"(10) Herein is love, not that we love God, but that He loved us, and sent 
His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (11) Beloved, if God so loved us, 


we ought also to love one another. (12) No man hath seen God at any time.
 If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us
." 1 John 4:10-12. The number one act of love God did for us was to send 
His Son to die for our sins.
 
The Lord showed me something regarding love. As we look at the cross 
we see the vertical going up and we see the horizontal going across.
 The vertical represents our love for God and the horizontal represents 
our love for people.
 
There has to be a balance or there is not a cross in our life when it come
to proper love. One without the other is not well rounded but together they 
sing a beautiful song to God and people.
 
Is it any mystery that verse 11 says, "Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought
lso to love one another" ? There is incentive to love one another in a
 Godly way because that is proof that God dwells in us and then His love
 will be perfected in us.
 
Let me ask the internet viewers one question, "How imperfect are we?"
 In and of myself I am never satisfied but with the love of God perfected 
in me I am always full of warm closure in Jesus Christ.
 
There are so many times that Jesus instructs us to obey Him but it is 
always connected with His love." He that hath my commandments,
 and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me 
shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest 
myself to him." John 14:21.
 
If we want to experience the love of God in our lives the number one
 thing we can do is obey God. Jesus Christ will never fail us in life.
 He will show us His love by experience as we walk through our 
journey of problems, trials and hardships.
 
God is very to the point when it comes to the subject of love because 
Jesus Christ is love. The triune Godhead is the very embodiment of
 love." (7) Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God: and 
every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God, (8) He that 
loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love."1 John 4:7- 8.
 
This world and society have so many renditions of what love is and 
as a result people are walking around confused in life. Love is a
decision that we are going to put God first and people before our
selfish needs.
 
We will get our needs and desires met but that is a whole other article.
 Waiting on God the biblical way is the path to go into but we need to
 train ourselves that the timing of Jesus Christ is perfect.
 
Putting God and others first takes courage because we say, 
"What about me?" God knows and He will never forget us. 
The result of us getting our needs and desires met can be
 manifested in numerous ways but we need to give God more
 credit than we do because this takes faith in Jesus Christ.
 
In John 15:14 Jesus explains, "Ye are my friends, if ye do 
whatsoever I command you." Once again the obedience comes
 first then the friendship. Obedience is not always easy because
 it requires faith in Jesus Christ. Then in verse 17 Jesus gets really
 specific by saying, "These things I command you, that ye love one
 another." John 15:17.
 
When John the writer of many books in the New Testament was old
 two Christians came up to him and asked who was right on a 
theological issue and John responded, "Little children please love one
 another." Did you ever notice that in the jumble of all the issues love
 seems to get stuffed somewhere in the middle of the crowd.
 
I don't know if many of the people on internet land understand
this but we are actually told to dwell in love because our Creator
 is love and as Christians we are supposed to mirror Jesus Christ 
in everything we do in this life. "And we have known and believed
 the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in 
love dwelleth in God, and God in him." 1 John 4:16.
 
If we love God we are going to love our brothers and sisters but it 
does not hurt to pray specifically to God about this issue because 
we could forget especially in the hassle of life. "And this commandment
 have we from Him, that he who loveth God love his brother also.
1 John 4:21.
 
Once again notice the order. First we are to love God then we can
 love other people in the way that mirrors the Person of Jesus Christ.
 
We are to specifically love Jesus Christ because the Bible says,
 "For the Father Himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, 
and have believed that I come out from God." John 16:27. This 
whole idea that we can love God apart from Jesus Christ is not 
in the Bible.
 
Our Lord Jesus Christ even refers to loving one another as a
 new commandment. This is a different way to phrase a truth
 but Jesus is driving home a point that He never wants us to 
forget because it is pivotal for the world to come to Him through 
this principle in the Bible.
 
"(34) A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another;
 as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. (35) By this shall 
all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
" John 13:34-35. Jesus says three times in two verses to love one 
another. Do you think our Lord is trying to make a point?
 
If you have not accepted Jesus Christ into your heart as your Savior
 and Lord then I want you to think about how unsure this world really 
is and then I want you to read these verses."(38) For I am persuaded,
 that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers,
 nor things present, nor things to come, (39) Nor height, nor depth,
 nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of
 God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39.
 
The world can not promise you anything in life. In fact you are not
 even guaranteed tomorrow. God through His Son Jesus Christ can
 give you eternal life so consider coming to Him today/tonight and 
invite Him into your heart. God loves you and is waiting for you to 
come to His Son Jesus Christ. There may not be much time left in
 this world or your life so consider the open arms God has for you
 to come to Him.
 

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